Employment Statistics 2018

A Moritz law degree provides many opportunities and every year our graduates obtain positions in a broad array of job sectors, including traditional law firm practice, government and public interest, academia, and business. Our career service staff helps students achieve their goals during and after law school through individualized self assessment, identifying appropriate legal career options, providing training in job search skills and offering many sources of employment opportunities.

Graduate Employment Rate for the Class of 2018 as of March 15, 2019

Law schools report employment information to the National Association of Law Placement (“NALP”) and the American Bar Association (“ABA”) as of a set date in March each year. For the class of 2018, Moritz was able to report employment information for 100% of the class.

General Summary

Total number of graduates: 168

Number Percent of Total in Class
Employed Full-Time
152
90.5%
Pursuing Graduate Degree
2
1.2%
Employed Part-Time
8
4.8%
Employed-Start Date Deferred
1
0.6%
Unemployed, Seeking Employment
3
1.8%
Unemployed, Not Seeking Employment
2
1.2%
TOTAL
168
100%

Breakdown by Type of Employment

Students at Moritz have diverse career goals, and we work closely with our students to help them find rewarding employment consistent with their goals and interests. Some students seek traditional legal work within law firms, the government, or public interest entities. Others seek policy, management and administrative work, in which employers prefer, but do not always require, legal training or admittance to a Bar (J.D. Advantage). Here is the breakdown of the class of 2018 by job criteria:

Employment Status Number Percent of Those Employed Percent of Total Class Full-Time Part-Time
Long-Term
Short-Term
Long-Term
Short-Term
Bar Exam Passage Required
140
87.5%
83.3%
136
1
1
2
J.D. Advantage
20
12.5%
11.9%
15
0
3
2
Total Bar Required/J.D. Advantage
160
100%
95.2%
151
1
4
4

School Funded Positions

Through the support of foundations and donors, Moritz is able to offer fully funded fellowships (including salary and benefits) in specific areas of public service practice.  This year three graduates obtained fellowships through this process:  the Reinberger Foundation Fellowship in Prosecution, the Finn Fellowship in International Law, and the OCCH/Legal Aid Fellowship.  These positions are full-time/long term (one year-long).

Moritz Career Start Grants provide short-term stipends to graduates still seeking full-time employment to enable them to gain work experience with organizations in fields that will further their career goals.  Four graduates were so employed at the time of this report.  Two were doing public interest work in D.C. and Germany and two were working in private practice in Illinois and Virginia.

One graduate working in a school funded position was conducting research for faculty.

Class of 2018 by Sector

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For the 52.5% of students who accepted positions at firms, the chart below demonstrates the size of the law firm:

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Full-Time, Bar Passage Required Positions

Sector Number Reported Percent Employed Examples of Ohio Employers Examples of Non-Ohio Employers
Law Firm (size)
1-10
13
8.1
Matasar Jacobs LLC; Stansberry Weaver, Ltd. Baydaline & Jacobsen LLP (CA); Engler Law Group (IL)
11-25
15
9.4
Hammond Law Group, LLC; MacMurray & Shuster Brown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP (MD); Parsons McEntire McCleary & Clark (TX)
26-50
4
2.5
Anspach Meeks Ellenburger, LLP; Zashin & Rich Co., LPA
51-100
7
4.4
Brennan, Manna & Diamond, LLC; Walter I. Haverfield, LLP Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman (NY)
101-250
12
7.5
Porter Wright; Ulmer & Berne, LLP Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP (D.C.)
251-500
11
6.9
Ice Miller LLP; Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease LLC Dickinson Wright (AZ); Vedder Price, P.C. (IL)
501+
19
11.9
BakerHostetler; Jones Day Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton (NY); Sidley & Austin (D.C.)
Total 81 50.6
Business
17
10.6
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company; Nationwide Insurance American Bar Association (IL)
Government
20
12.5
Columbus City Attorney; Ohio Attorney General U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Administrative Judges (NJ); U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps (VA)
Judicial Clerkship
8
5.0
U.S. District Court – Northern District of Ohio; U.S. District Court – Southern District of Ohio U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Pennsylvania; U.S. District Court – Western District of Kentucky
Public Interest
9
5.6
Legal Aid Society of Columbus; Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption D.C. Volunteer Lawyers Project (D.C.)
Education
1
0.6
The Ohio State University Extension

Full-Time, J.D. Advantage

Sector Number Reported Percent Employed Examples of Ohio Employers Examples of Non-Ohio Employers
Business
9
5.6
AFSCME Council 8; Tidwell Group Astra Zeneca (DE); Cordoba Corporation (CA)
Government
1
0.6
Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (3rd Congressional District, OH)
Public Interest
2
1.3
CAIR Columbus Geneva International Centre for Justice (Switzerland)
Education
2
1.3
The Ohio State University, Office of International Affairs Pace University School of Law

Every year, the Moritz Career Services Office organizes panels of professionals who speak to students about experiences in traditional law careers as well as those in other sectors. Here are some examples of recent programs:

    • Large Firm Practice – Lawyers from regional and international law firms discussed the recruiting process and how to be successful in practice.
    • Alternative Careers – Cheryl Heisler, President and Founder of Lawternatives and alternative careers expert, talked to students about alternative careers in areas such as business, finance, human resources, higher education, public affairs and non-profits.
    • Judicial Clerkships Panel – An information session was held on the value of post-graduate judicial clerkships featuring alumni and faculty who have clerked.

Employment by Geography

Graduates from the class of 2018 found employment throughout the United States and abroad. As a member of the National Law School Consortium (NLSC), an association of nine top public law schools from across the U.S., Moritz provides the opportunity for its students to meet employers to whom they may not otherwise be exposed by attending NLSC job fairs in various U.S. legal markets.

Other locations include: AZ, CO, DE, KY, MD, MN, NJ, NV, OK, PA, VA, WV, Germany and Switzerland.

Salary Information

Salary data is self-reported by graduates, and 77.5% of the employed 2018 graduates reported their starting salaries which ranged from $55,250 in the 25th percentile to $120,000 in the 75th percentile, with a median salary of $70,750. Reported starting salaries vary widely within the private and public sectors.

Sector Number Reported Number Reported w/ Salary 25% Median 75%
Law Firm
84
66
$75,000
$115,000
$145,000
Business
28
22
$47,440
$66,250
$75,250
Government
18
13
$50,000
$53,000
$57,700
Education
7
4
n/a
$46,840
n/a
Judicial Clerkship
8
6
$53,750
$62,500
$63,846
Public Interest
12
10
$49,000
$51,000
$62,000
Military JAG
3
3
n/a
$70,000
n/a
Law Firm Size Number Reported Number Reported w/Salary 25% Median 75%
1-10
16
4
n/a
$59,000
n/a
11-25
15
12
$61,000
$70,000
$78,750
26-50
4
4
n/a
$76,250
n/a
51-100
7
6
$74,750
$77,500
$88,750
101-250
12
12
$111,250
$120,000
$120,000
251-500
11
11
$115,000
$120,000
$180,000
501+
19
17
$145,000
$160,000
$180,000

For additional information on salary statistics nationally for beginning attorneys, visit http://www.nalp.org/recentgraduates.

Source of Job

Moritz graduates obtain legal jobs by a number of pathways, including on and off-campus interview programs through which law firms and public sector employers routinely hire our students, job postings on our web-based job site, and from working with career counselors to develop personalized job search strategies.

Source of Job Number Reported Percent of Reported
On-Campus Interview
47
34.1%
Job Posting at Moritz
31
22.5%
Networking/Target Mail
19
13.8%
Referral
18
13.0%
Job Fair
5
3.6%
Non-Moritz Job Posting
5
3.6%
Pre-Law School Employer
4
2.9%
Used School’s Judicial Clerkship Process or OSCAR
1
0.7%
Started Own Business/Practice
1
0.7%
Other
7
5.1%

In order to better prepare students for their job search, Moritz career counselors plan a variety of programs and networking events throughout the year. Here are some examples of recent programs:

  • Career Development 101
    • Oh, the Legal Places You Could Go! – A group of local practitioners representing various sectors of employers discussed features of their work.
    • Step into the Profession NOW! – Local professionals and Moritz faculty and students spoke about ways to start transitioning to a professional now.
    • What I Did My IL Summer – A panel of students discussed their diverse summer experiences and how they found these opportunities.
    • Today’s Legal Market – A panel of professionals discussed opportunities outside of traditional law firms.
  • Jump Start Week
    • Career Advisor Meetings – Career advisors held group sessions with their students to discuss how to draft successful resumes and cover letters and strategies for the summer job search.
    • Interview Demonstration – A local practioner and a 2L discussed how to prepare for an interview and performed a 30-minute interview on stage.
  • Etiquette Dinner – During a four-course dinner, Terri Thompson, renowned speaker, author and entrepreneur specializing in helping individuals succeed, reviewed table etiquette and provided tips on appropriate topics for conversation and on “working a crowd” at business receptions.
  • Networking Mondays – A series of programs provided practical advice on how to engage in specific components of networking.
  • IP Job Fair Information Session – An information session was held for current 1L and 2L students interested in interviewing for intellectual property positions through Loyola’s Patent Law Interview Program, a two-day interview program held in Chicago each summer that brings together patent law employers and law students from across the country to interview for summer associate positions and post-graduate employment.
  • Why Clerk? – A panel of current federal and state judicial clerks discussed their varied experiences.
  • Opportunity Forum: Table Talk Session – A networking event with public sector and nonprofit employers who were hiring for summer positions as well as part-time school year positions was held.
  • Lunch with a Lawyer Program – Students were invited each month to private and public sector employers for lunch and an opportunity to hone their informational interviewing skills.
  • Mock Interview Program – 1Ls were matched with local practicing attorneys for 30-minute mock interviews followed by constructive feedback and coaching.

Rounding may cause one-tenth discrepancy in the reported numbers.

Information above is based on graduate employment statistics reported to NALP, and there are slight discrepancies based on job categories defined by NALP and the ABA.

Employers of 2018 Graduates

Private Sector
 AEP Service Corporation, Columbus, OH Latham & Watkins, Houston, TX
AFSCME Council 8, Worthingon, OH Littler Mendelson, Cleveland, OH
Abercrombie & Fitch, New Albany, OH Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman, Buffalo, NY
American Bar Association, Chicago, IL MacMurray & Shuster, Columbus, OH
Anspach Meeks Ellenberger LLP, Toledo, OH Mallory Law Office, Columbus, OH
Astra Zeneca, Wilmington, DE Matasar Jacobs LLC, Cleveland, OH
Bailey Cavalieri, LLP, Columbus, OH Murray Murphy Moul + Basil LLP, Columbus, OH
BakerHostetler, Cleveland, OH National Recoveries Inc., Ham Lake, MN
BakerHostetler, Columbus, OH Nationwide Insurance, Columbus, OH
Baydaline & Jacobsen, LLP, Sacramento, CA Nielson Law LLC, Columbus, OH
Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP, Cleveland, OH Oliver Law Offices, Inc., Columbus, OH
Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP, Columbus, OH Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP, Wheeling, WV
Brennan Manna & Diamond LLC, Columbus, OH Parsons McEntire McCleary & Clark, Houston, TX
Brennan Manna & Diamond LLC, Akron, OH Perez & Morris, LLC, Columbus, OH
Bricker & Eckler LLP, Columbus, OH Plevin & Gallucci, Cleveland, OH
Brown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP, Baltimore, MD Poling Law, Columbus, OH
Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, New York, NY Porter Wright, Columbus, OH
Cordoba Corporation, Sacramento, CA Robbins, Kelly, Patterson & Tucker, Cincinnati, OH
Covenant Care, CCI, Las Vegas, NV Schottenstein Stores Corporation, Columbus, OH
Crabbe Brown & James LLP, Columbus, OH Scott & Nolder, Co., LPA, Columbus, OH
Dickinson Wright, LLC, Columbus, OH Shipley Snell Montgomery LLP, Houston, TX
Dickinson Wright LLC, Phoenix, AZ Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, Toledo, OH
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, Columbus, OH Sidley & Austin, Washington, D.C.
DSW Inc., Columbus, OH Simakovsky Law, Columbus, OH
Eastman & Smith, Columbus, OH Squire Patton Boggs, Washington D.C.
Engler Law Group, Oak Brook, IL Stagnaro, Saba & Patterson, Cincinnati, OH
Estate Planning of Charlottesville, Charlottesville, VA Stansberry Weaver, Ltd., Columbus, OH
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP, Washington, D.C. The Law Office of Eloy A. Aguirre, West Covina, CA
Gallagher Sharp, Cleveland, OH The Meadows Law Firm, Cincinnati, OH
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Akron, OH The Schirm Firm, Chicago, IL
Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, Columbus, OH The Sherwin Williams Company, Cleveland, OH
Gorlick, Kravitz, and Listhaus, New York, NY The Water Works, Columbus, OH
Hammond Law Group, LLC, Cincinnati, OH Thompson Hine, Cleveland, OH
Honda North America, Marysville, OH Tidwell Group, Columbus, OH
Ice Miller LLP, Columbus, OH Tucker Ellis LLP, Cleveland, OH
JRH Law Ltd., Mansfield, OH Ulmer & Berne, LLP, Cleveland, OH
Jones Day, Cleveland, OH Vedder Price, P.C., Chicago, IL
Kastner, Westman & Wilkins, LLC, Akron, OH Vorys Sater Seymour & Pease LLP, Columbus, OH
Keating, Muething & Klekamp PLL, Cincinnati, OH Walter I Haverfield, LLP, Cleveland, OH
Key Bank, Cleveland, OH Ward Law Office, Tiffin, OH
Kirkland & Ellis, LLP, Chicago, IL Zashin & Rich Co., LPA, Columbus, OH
K&O Trade (dba Office Logix Shop), Columbus, OH Zeiger Tigges & Little LLP, Columbus, OH
L Brands, Columbus, OH

 

Public Sector
CAIR Columbus, Columbus, OH The Ohio State University Office of International Affairs, Columbus, OH
CAIR Columbus, Columbus, OH The Ohio State University Office of International Affairs, Columbus, OH
Columbus City Attorney, Columbus, OH The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH
Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (3rd Congressional District, OH), Columbus, OH Ohio Attorney General, Columbus, OH
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office, Cleveland, OH Pace University School of Law, White Plains, NY
Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, Columbus, OH Southeastern Ohio Legal Services, Portsmouth, OH
Delaware County Court of Common Pleas, Delaware, OH The Ohio State University Extension, Columbus, OH
DC Volunteer Lawyers Project, Washington, D.C. Union County Prosecutor’s Office, Marysville, OH
Disability Rights Ohio, Columbus, OH United States Air Force JAG, Wright Patterson AFB, OH
Erie County Prosecutor’s Office, Sandusky, OH United States Army JAG, Lawton, OK
Fairfield County Court of Common Pleas, Lancaster, OH United States Navy, JAG, Norfolk, VA
Franklin County Municipal Court, Columbus, OH United States Department of Labor, Office of Administrative Law Judges, Cherry Hill, NJ
Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office, Columbus, OH United States Department of Transportation, Washington, D.C.
Geneva International Centre for Justice, Geneva, Switzerland United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Lima, OH United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Toledo, OH
Legal Aid Society of Columbus, Columbus, OH United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Dayton, OH
Madison County Court of Common Pleas, London, OH United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, Charleston, WV
Mesa County Prosecutor’s Office, Grand Junction, CO United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, Paducah, KY
New Jersey Judiciary, Freehold, NJ USAG Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Columbus, OH

Click here to see employers of the classes of 2013-2017.

Additional Information on Our Employment Data

Class of 2018 ABA Report

Class of 2018 NALP Report will be posted once it is received from NALP.

Employment Statistics for the Class of 2017

Employment Statistics for the Class of 2016